My son has this thing for bugs. He thinks they are such interesting little critters. Today he was researching flies since he found one that was green! He learned that the iridescent ones I am catching on the fly paper in the rabbitry are bot flies. We haven’t figured out what type of fly it is yet.
We were fascinated by a tiny spider we discovered Monday, that looked a bit like sparrow poop! It was a fascinating little spider and I tried mightily to get a video of it but just couldn’t get it to come in clearly.
Anyways, this lad has shown me his heart in the care he bestows upon these wee ones of creation. He researches and studies, he’s learned where to ask questions, and he spends so much time looking and watching and learning. He’s lately starting to gravitate toward ants and recently captured a wild carpenter ant colony. He’s checking it regularly to see if he can find the queen. If he has the queen he’ll have a long working colony.
This post isn’t about ants though! 🙂 It’s about my lad’s heart and his love of the creepy crawlies in our world.
I saw this clearly when he had discovered a stink bug in the house last fall. They don’t stay over the winter and tend to die off fairly quickly when frost hits. Occasionally they make their way into the house and we find them when we step on them (don’t do that by the way, they will live up to their name). Knowing this my son argued about the need to keep him in the house where it was warm. He didn’t bite, just a harmless fellow, so I said “sure, do what you can for him.” He found an old crate that we got some Easter bears in added popsicles sticks, bottle caps, felt and string to make a nice living area for a climbing bug.
Anyways, this green fellow intrigued my lad, so he figured out how to care for him, and built it a habitat. He fed it a variety of food – predominately apples, oranges, some pomegranate, tomatoes and lettuce. That wee stink bug kept going over most of the winter.
When finally Stink Bug bit the dust there was much sadness in our house as he was the perfect house guest. He made no fuss, and NO STINK, and ate a good variety of feed. My son loved watching him climb around in his habitat. Toward the end of his days he found ways to escape his habitat but never ventured far much to my lad’s delight. Isn’t that what we want for ALL our pets? 🙂
Interested in doing your own insect research? Discover the fascinating world of insects!
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